ENG 1D: Introductions

Mr. Pedrech: I would like you to work on introductions today. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Overly Enthusiastic Student: Oh boy! It sure does!

Student Who Asks Too Many Questions: Introductions for what? Why are learning about introductions? Can’t we do something else?

Mr. Pedrech:  You should learn how to introduce your ideas effectively. Remember, you have an essay you will write soon…o soon…

Student Who Faints at the Mere Mention of Essays: An essay? (faints)

Mr. Pedrech:Today, you will learn how to write a General to Specific introduction. This kind of introduction is by far the most common for essays.

Pessimistic yet Intrigued Student: I am pessimistic about this working, and yet I am intrigued by the possibility of learning something new.

The Steps

General to Specific
  • the thesis is the last sentence in the introduction
  • take one of the general topics in the thesis and use it to start the introduction
  • make each subsequent sentence slightly more specific, leading the reader to the thesis

Choose one of the thesis statements below. I’ve given you some ideas that might help you write the introductions. Remember that you are not writing the essay itself; thus, you need to leave out the evidence that you would normally include in the body of an essay:

Students should be allowed to study what interests them
The Canadian government should invest heavily in sports and athletics.

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